As many of you might know, I recently had a baby! 2 months and counting and he’s wonderful! I’m finally getting into a groove with Baby Hunt Butt (I’m sure he’ll love that name) and ready to get back on track and be a bit more strict.
On top of the new babe, I’ve also had a lot of other personal things come up that are taking up my time (hence the lack in blog posts) and mental energy, but NO EXCUSES.
I’m more than ready to get back on track, that being said… I need to be realistic in order to be successful. As a mom to a four year old who is starting more and more activities, a newborn at home throwing me curveballs, a seriously stressful job, and a husband who has a lot of commitments and time away from us for the Army… I can’t always get in my ideal workout or cook the perfectly impressive dinner.
So today, we are talking about 3 commitments that I CAN make today in order to improve my health and begin getting back on track with my fitness journey.
- Tracking My Water: This is not a SMART goal (ya know, specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timely…) in that I’m not making any specific requirements that I have to meet. All I have to do is track my water daily. Or at least estimate it with a quick note in my journal of “I drank X amount of water today”. That way I am more cognizant or aware of how much or how little water I’m drinking. Some days, it will be 5pm before I realize that I haven’t drank anything at all that day. Don’t judge, I know you have bad habits too. This way hopefully I can be more aware of what I’m taking in and maybe start seeing how I am feeling on days that I do drink more water and vice versa.
- Tracking My Workouts: Along the same lines of the first commitment, I am also tracking my workouts. I’ve actually started “competing” with my mom and husband on who can workout more each week. That being said, the competition is less objective and a bit subjective because it’s not very serious. ANYTHING can count. A ten minute jog my mom squeezed in during lunch or my half run/half walk (because, kids) with a stroller and kid on a bike or my 30 minute at home upper body workout session, etc. You get the idea. The point of this is to take advantage of the time I do have and get in whatever I can. My gym’s daycare doesn’t take babies until after 6 months (plus, ya know, all of the craziness I referenced above) so getting in my ideal gym split isn’t realistic or possible at all. That being said, it shouldn’t stop me from getting my workout in whenever, however, and for however long I can.
- Meal Prepping SOME: Meal prepping can be time consuming and if you prep things you are sick of or hate, lets get real, they will sit in the fridge and go bad. I love cooking for my family, so meal prep for breakfast, lunch and dinner isn’t realistic for me. That being said, being completely unprepared for the week only sets me up for failure. This is why, I am committing to meal prep at least one meal that I am loving at the moment (that is key) to have on hand whenever I need it. Not to mention, I’m still so in love with the ground turkey, green beans, brown rice and ketchup (key word, ketchup) that I have been meal prepping and I’m not sure if I’ll EVER stop eating it.
So that’s that. Three EASY, REALISTIC commitments I am making to improve my health and take a step forward in my fitness journey. I’ll get back to you in the next couple months on how it’s going 🙂